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Rathlin West Lighthouse

Antrim, Northern Ireland

Location Guide

This is some setting for a lighthouse. Building the station took three years and cost 400,000, a huge sum for 1919.

The light is on a concrete pad built into a notch on an almost-vertical cliff. Rising behind the light is a square cylindrical tower 18 metres high, attached at its upper end to a two storey keeper's residence set into another, higher notch. Unusual for a lighthouse but the keepers here had to climb down to the light. All the buildings are painted white for best contrast against the dark cliff face.

It is located at the western end of the island. It is not possible to get to the light itself but visitors can get close enough to take photos over the edge of the cliff. Getting to the lighthouse locations is via a 4 mile walk.

The RSPB has a seabird observation platform on top the cliff close to the lighthouse.

The Light at Rathlin West Photo by Paul McIlroy

The lightkeepers residence, above the light. Photo By Ross

Lighthouse information Grid


Rathlin West Lighthouse, Antrim, Northern Ireland

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Geographic Position:

5518.052' North  00616.815' West

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Height of Tower:

18 metres

Height of light above mean sea level:

18 metres

Character of light:

Fl R 5s

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Range of light:

22 nautical miles

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Commissioners of Irish Lights

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